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Thanksgiving I

"What shall I render to the Lord for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the chalice of salvation and call on the name of the Lord" (Psalm 116:12f). The Eucharist, which means, Thanksgiving, being offered to the Lord before this image of the …


Thanksgiving II

"At that time, the Preaching Friars were struggling as they resided at Saint Sisto in Rome. Still not well known, they were very poor, they frequently did not have even the minimal necessities. So one day it happened that the bursar, Brother Jacob …


King of Hearts

"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be thankful" – Col 3:15. This stained glass window of Christ as King is in the seminary in Dunwoodie, NY. The Sacred Heart is incorporated into this same …


Writing on the Wall

"Then Daniel spoke up in the presence of the king. ‘Keep your gifts for yourself,’ he said ‘and give your rewards to others. I will read the writing to the king without them, and tell him what it means. You have defied the Lord of heaven, you have …


St Catherine of Alexandria

"Almighty ever-living God, who gave Saint Catherine of Alexandria to your people as a Virgin and an invincible Martyr, grant that through her intercession we may be strengthened in faith and constancy and spend ourselves without reserve for the …


St Catherine with Angels

St. Catherine of Alexandria is one of the patronesses of the Order of Preachers. Not only patroness; the early friars considered St. Catharine to be the protectoress of the Order! One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, she was a beloved saint during the …


Boss of St Catherine

Legends coming from a number of sources say that St Catherine was very outspoken at the time of the persecutions of Christians. She even protested openly to the emperor Maxentius who had her arrested, tortured on the wheel and decapitated in 305. …


Christ the Risen King of the Universe

"His empire includes not only Catholic nations, not only baptized persons who, though of right belonging to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; …


Christ the Universal King

"Almighty and everlasting God, who in Thy beloved Son, the King of the whole world, hast willed to restore all things, mercifully grant that all the families of nations now kept apart by the wound of sin, may be brought under the sweet yoke of His …


Vietnamese Chapel

"In visiting the shrine of Our Lady of La Vang, who is so loved by the Vietnamese faithful, pilgrims come to entrust to her their joys and sorrows, their hopes and sufferings. In this way, they call on God and become intercessors for their families …


St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companion Martyrs

Christian missionaries first brought the Catholic faith to Vietnam during the 16th century. The first two apostolic vicariates were established in 1659. The traditional Vietnamese religion is Buddhism, mixed with elements of Taoism, Confucianism …


Vietnamese Martyrs

The 117 martyrs of Vietnam were beatified in four groups, the first of them on 27 May 1900 (Pope Leo XIII), the second (all Dominicans) on 20 May 1906, a third group on 2 May 1909 (both by Pope Pius X) and the last (including the two Spanish …


King of Kings

"I gazed into the visions of the night. And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man. He came to the one of great age and was led into his presence. On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples, …


Rex Universorum

"The foundation of this power and dignity of Our Lord is rightly indicated by Cyril of Alexandria. "Christ," he says, "has dominion over all creatures, a dominion not seized by violence nor usurped, but his by essence and by nature." His kingship …


Altar in St Peter's Aberdeen

Today is the feast of Blessed Miguel Pro, a Jesuit priest and martyr of Mexico's anti-clericalism of the 1920s. Padre Pro and his brother Humberto were executed by a firing squad. President Calles had news photographers present, expecting the Pros …


Pope Saint Clement I

Saint Clement was the disciple of St Peter and St Paul, and the third Pope. He is also considered as one of the Fathers of the Church, and the same person to whom St Paul alludes in his letter to the Philippians: “I entreat thee, true yokefellow, …



Today, the final week of the liturgical year, we begin reading from the apocalyptic visions of Daniel. Window by Burne Jones of the prophet Daniel in the King's College chapel, Aberdeen University. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr


Maryland Arms

The heraldic arms of the State of Maryland. The state motto, Fatti maschii, parole femine, has its origin in the archaic Italian and translates as "Manly deeds, womanly words", or more generally, "Strong deeds, gentle words," which is what the …


At the Maryland Statehouse

The Maryland State House is located in Annapolis and is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use, dating to 1772. The two-story brick Georgian style structure, located inside State Circle, was designed by Joseph Horatio Anderson, a …


Flag Lowering in the Naval Academy

Following the 1797 mutinies in the British fleet at Spithead, Admiral Lord St. Vincent established the practice in the Royal Navy of raising and lowering the colors--the ensign and jack--at a formal ceremony with the band and guard of the day …


Naval Academy Chapel Rotunda

The Naval Academy Chapel was designed by Ernest Flagg. The cornerstone was laid in 1904 by Admiral George Dewey and the dedication of the Chapel was on May 28, 1908. The dome over the chapel is copper and the cupola is 200 feet (61 m) above the …


Wedding in the Naval Academy

A newly-married couple – a navy Captain and his wife – pass under an arch of sabres. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr




My sister and I visited the historic naval town of Annapolis in Maryland


St Hilda of Whitby

Today is the feast of St Hilda, "Abbess of double monasteries, a Celtic way of monastic living that included monks and nuns in the same monastery in separate small houses, but worshipping together in the abbey church. Bede wrote that she was a …


St Hugh of Lincoln

Today is the feast of St Hugh, a French Carthusian monk, who became the abbot of the first English Charterhouse, and later Bishop of Lincoln. Hugh loved animals, and the story of the swan is told at length in the Magna Vita Sancti Hugonis, written …